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Speaking of the Ecumenical Conference to be held in New York next April the Church Standard says one of the special features will be a missionary exhibit. Material is being gathered from every mission land in order vividly to present, through the eye, the social and moral conditions of the peoples among whom the missionaries are laboring. It will be the endeavor also to make it, as far as possible, a Progressive Exhibit, showing the results of a hundred years of missionary effort. It will combine a library and a museum, and will comprise publications of all kinds—books, Bibles, and magazines from the field, in English and many other languages; maps and charts, pictures, models, curios in dress and workmanship, and objects of religious worship, such as idols and fetiches—all intended to illustrate the actual surroundings of the missionary in his work.

Germany and England already have very complete Missionary Museums, but America is as yet deficient in this respect. In England these exhibits have proved not only helpful in arousing intelligent interest in missionary fields and work, but popular as well. Thus the Church Missionary Society has fine collections which are sent about from city to city, where they are publicly displayed for a number of days attracting in some cases as many as fifty thousand visitors.

March 1, 1900

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